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Perhaps not every section works. But Waru lingers, disquietingly, in the mind.
A fascinating glimpse into New Zealand's contemporary Maori community, Waru brings a sense of dramatic, urgent realism to a story that plays out like a suspenseful mystery.
Joined together, the shorts are a powerful chorus of female Maori voices united in finding a way to protect all that is vulnerable.
It's a remarkable achievement - authentic, impassioned, unexpected - that stands as a testament to the radical power of cooperative film-making.
The cumulative power of this splintered portrait of community trauma creeps up on you.
A powerful piece of dramatic film-making which sheds light on the female Māori perspective.
Waru tackles this serious subject matter head on with a poignant clarity that calls out destructive behaviour and pays tribute to the children who have passed.
This film seeks to give voice in a profoundly moving, honest and intelligent way to a pain that can barely be described, rendering Waru without question one of the most important and extraordinary films of 2017.
A poignant, brutal look at grief and survival in a society that is often overlooked and over-generalised.
Although perhaps a tough-sell on paper, Waru stands a sturdy testament to the way film can generate resonant art from difficult subject matter. All New Zealanders should see it.
Invariably there is a piece that falls short, but these precise snapshots mostly add up to a telling contemporary portrait of the stresses and self-deception that are at work in New Zealand's Maori community.
This film is beautiful, bold, gorgeously well made and utterly essential to any understanding or appreciation of New Zealand film-making and this country as it exists today.
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